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Today I watched My friend Joe. I was very curious to see how they had adapted the novel (incidentally called Johnny, my friend in English) for the screen. Of course I had realised that Peter Pohl's brilliant writing style would be lost, but I was dismayed to find they had changed the whole story around as well, turning it into a fairly harmless family movie. It is a good enough story in its own right, I suppose, but it cannot hold a candle to the original. Shame.


This afternoon I cleaned the bathroom. Applying a cleaning tip I had seen in Houses behaving badly, I mixed equal parts of baking soda and bleach to clean the tiles in the shower, more in particular the grouting. Gawd, that stuff is vile! Not only did the smell transport me back straightaway to my schooldays swimming lessons (UGH!), but it also made my eyes sting, my throat burn and gave me a coughing fit before I was even halfway. Snot was literally running down my nose. So instead of letting it sit for 10 minutes, I opened several doors and windows to create a draught and rinsed the gunk off immediately, making sure everything had gone. Needless to say, the effect on the grouting was hardly noticeable.

It is now evening and my throat still feels dry, and I'm coughing occasionally. The leftover bleach is going straight back to my mum's (I had borrowed it from her), I don't want it in my house ever again. This was the first and the last time I used it. I'll stick to baking soda and vinegar from now on!


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Update


The weekend was full, but nice, except that H. (the BF) was ill. I had to write a few application letters, and have been decluttering, mostly papers. Saturday night I watched From hell, which proved that a film with Johnny Depp and a host of great British actors can still be shite. On Sunday night I went to see a comic play with my mum and we had a great time. We told each other we should really do this more often. We'll see.

Monday night the BBC showed The conversation and of course I had to watch it.

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This was the third or fourth time for me, and while I still find it a great film, I think I'm done with it now. A bit odd, because usually when I love a film I can watch it over and over again, but in this case the element of suspense is too important, I guess. When you've seen it and know what's going to happen, it loses a lot of its interest. But perhaps that's just the way I feel because it lasted until 3 a.m. and by 2:30 I had already become very sleepy and wanted the film to end.

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This morning I woke up to a white world. Ugh! Snow is nice for the Christmas holidays and that's about it, IMO. Fortunately in the afternoon most of it had gone, but more is expected. Hrm. Some good news: I received the reintegration plan today, so tomorrow I'll phone up my case manager (if he is in...) to make an appointment, or maybe I can just drop it off.

I also made a culinary discovery. Last year I had bought a pack of instant miso soup from the organic shop, as I had heard that it is a healthy snack and very suitable for hypoglycaemics, due to its protein content. After trying 3 times I decided that I Did Not Care for miso soup. I still had 9 one-cup-packets left, and this afternoon when I felt peckish I tried it again, but this time I added some dried bruschetta which I had acquired recently. And it tasted really good! I might even buy the miso soup again. :D

And over the past few days I have tried to catch up with lj, but people have been posting like mad, so I'm not quite up to date yet... well, what else is new.


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Antidotes against depression


"Nobody has suffered more from low spirits than I have done — so I feel for you. 1st. Live as well as you dare. 2nd. Go into the shower-bath with a small quantity of water at a temperature low enough to give you a slight sensation of cold, 75° or 80°. 3rd. Amusing books. 4th. Short views of human life — not further than dinner or tea. 5th. Be as busy as you can. 6th. See as much as you can of those friends who respect and like you. 7th. And of those acquaintances who amuse you. 8th. Make no secret of low spirits to your friends, but talk of them freely — they are always worse for dignified concealment. 9th. Attend to the effects tea and coffee produce upon you. 10th. Compare your lot with that of other people. 11th. Don't expect too much from human life — a sorry business at the best. 12th. Avoid poetry, dramatic representations (except comedy), music, serious novels, melancholy sentimental people, and everything likely to excite feeling or emotion not ending in active benevolence. 13th. Do good, and endeavour to please everybody of every degree. 14th. Be as much as you can in the open air without fatigue. 15th. Make the room where you commonly sit, gay and pleasant. 16th. Struggle by little and little against idleness. 17th. Don't be too severe upon yourself, or underrate yourself, but do yourself justice. 18th. Keep good blazing fires. 19th. Be firm and constant in the exercise of rational religion. 20th. Believe me, dear Lady Georgiana, Very truly yours."

The Revd Sydney Smith to Lady Morpeth, February 16, 1820


I doubt these would cure major depression, but otherwise sound advice. Personally I've found nos. 3 to 7 to be particularly beneficial.



(And what a great song "Feeling good" is! I have yet to hear a version I don't love.)


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A happy New Year to all


A Dutch saying goes: "Men moet de dag niet prijzen voor het avond is." Meaning: "One should not praise the day before night has fallen." I should have waited with my review of 2004 until it was truly over, but who could have guessed that that already less-than-great year had one more trick up its sleeve? I don't mean for me personally, my holidays were lovely, but of course I'm referring to the appalling news from SE Asia. With every news bulletin I heard, the death toll had risen by another 10,000. 126,000 and counting, it is incredible. Those figures are beyond comprehension to me. My commiserations to all those who have been personally affected by this disaster.

My wish to everyone: may the new year be better than its predecessor.


2005 started off well for me. On my walk in the park this morning a spotted woodpecker crossed my path, which was a lovely surprise. I had heard it before, but never seen it until now. Shortly after I also saw (for the third time) the flock of green parakeets. They seem to be thriving. I like to think that these sightings are good omens for the new year, and I went home smiling.

When I was brushing my teeth this afternoon, a splitting headache descended upon me from out of the blue. Since then I have been eating Finimal tablets like chocolates, but to very little avail, so for the rest of the day I have mainly been keeping quiet. Still, it was a good day.

It's lovely to be back. But OMG, how am I ever going to get up-to-date with my friends page again?? There are about 9 or 10 pages of new entries to read! Very inconsiderate of you. ;)


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Assorted silliness


Roaming around looking for beautiful losers I stumbled upon againstnature. Judging from its info page this community should appeal to several of my lj friends. An entry on St. Sebastian (for whom I have had a dubious fascination ever since I can remember) led me to the moderator(?)'s journal, where I found a link (cleverly disguised as a quiz) to an interesting typography identity website. Tonight I saw a charming comedy called Serendipity, well, this also was serendipity. I was finally able to identify one of my favourite typefaces. Ladies and gentlemen, meet ICT Tiffany:

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I also found a real quiz, very apt for those of us who are a little under the weather (I've been coughing my lungs out lately, and it's not getting better but worse): Collapse )


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This morning when the alarm went off I was so tired and sleepy that I decided to stay at home. I slept until 9, phoned my boss and asked if I could take the day off. Fortunately that was no problem at all. I went back to bed and slept until 11.45! I guess I needed it. But the rest of the day was very productive and I enjoyed my unexpected freedom.

The temperature is still very pleasant, in spite of the high wind today. The light is becoming cooler though. Autumn is definitely approaching.


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Last night I was so distracted by the flower thingy (which wouldn't display properly at first, too much code for one entry I guess) that I forgot to post about my day. Not that it was all that spectacular. But:

When I arrived at work I was reunited with my eyedrops, which I had left there by mistake on Tuesday. My eyes are very sensitive and become inflamed easily, which my eye doctor tells me is because they are too dry, and so she prescribes me artificial tears (although god knows I've produced enough real ones lately, and that has not made any difference :-/ ). By Wednesday night my eyes had become very itchy and sore. (Of course staring at the computer screen for most of the day had not helped either.) And so a very cheerful reunion it was.

And it was a beautiful evening after a warm day, so when I came home I sat outside until 7. :)

And for the first time in weeks I watched a film, And justice for all was on tv. I had seen it once before. It is not one of the best films Al Pacino has played in, I find the mixture of serious drama and satire a little unconvincing (and the tv guide actually agreed with me *grin*), but it was OK. And Al gave his all, as usual.


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Well, this morning I did not feel quite so sprightly when I was woken up by the sound of lawnmowers. Why did those nitwits have to pick my one day off in the week and why did they have to start at such an ungodly hour!? Within minutes I had such a bleedin' headache that even my teeth hurt.

But anyway. The brutal murdering of the puffballs last week only helped spread their spores and several new ones had started growing already. Now their remains lie scattered all over the place, so before long the whole field will be covered in 'em. HA! Revenge is sweet.


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Well, at least I can see the pictures that I put up here. Be thankful for small mercies. (But I couldn't display my favourite one, perhaps that website doesn't allow remote hosting. *edit: I now use ImageShack, and I can)Collapse )

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Have been feeling a bit depressed for the past few days, but instead of wanting to sleep all day I have been getting along on very little sleep and rising early without even feeling tired, which is a really unusual combination for me. Not that I have put all that extra energy to good use in my spare time, I've just been surfing the Net for hours on end. Oh, well. It'll pass.